INDIA: Job placement coordinators build skills to help youth
The Don Bosco Job Placement Network holds workshop for job placement coordinators
(MissionNewswire) The Don Bosco Job Placement Network held a workshop for job placement coordinators at Don Bosco Media Center, located in Trichy, Tamil Nadu, India. The training brought together placement coordinators from Chennai, Trichy, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Ranchi, Kolkata, Dimapur, Guwahati and Delhi. A range of topics were discussed to help placement coordinators improve their performance to help youth find and retain employment.
Don Bosco Job Placement Network has been helping poor and marginalized rural youth find jobs since 1996. The organization is used by skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled workers across Indian provinces. In the southern provinces of Chennai, Trichy, Hyderabad and Bangalore, there are offices located throughout the provinces with their own staff and local business connections.
Father Gabriel, national coordinator for the Don Bosco Job Placement Network, noted that during the COVID-19 pandemic, 7,500 young people across India were employed through various initiatives. The Don Bosco Job Placement Network is recognized as a placement organization by the National Career Service of Ministry of Employment and Labor.
“Salesian colleges and technical and vocational programs help to train youth in fields that are hiring so youth can make an easier transition from the classroom to the workforce,” said Father Gus Baek, director of Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco.
Access to professional training and workforce development services is highly valued in India. The country, which is home to 1.34 billion people (18 percent of the world’s population), will have overtaken China as the world’s most populous country by 2024, according to the World Economic Forum. While India has the world’s largest youth population, it has yet to capitalize on this, leaving some 30 percent of this population without employment, education or training.
India has the world’s fourth largest economy but more than 22 percent of the country lives in poverty. About 31 percent of the world’s multidimensionally poor children live in India, according to a report by the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative.
India’s youth face a lack of educational opportunities due to issues of caste, class and gender. Almost 44 percent of the workforce is illiterate and less than 10 percent of the working-age population has completed a secondary education. In addition, many secondary school graduates do not have the knowledge and skills to compete in today’s changing job market.
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